San Francisco Chronicle Highlights the City's Worst Food Photography

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You have been to those restaurants that didn't spring for professional food photography.  They had a friend do it, or they've taken the photo themselves.  It's hard to make good food look so unappetizing, but it can be done.

 "There's a certain art to bad restaurant food photography," writes Harmon Leon.  "Blurry, badly lit, out-of-focus, maybe shot with a disposable camera, or just plain poorly framed, this genre of photography is deserving of a little recognition from the art community."

Harman took a walk down San Francisco's Market Street to get a look at some examples, and he was not found wanting.  He found pictures of food long gone, and one photo that managed to make my favorite breakfast - ham, egg and cheese on a bagel - look downright inedible.

We can learn a lot from the masters of photography, but sometimes it's good to look at photos that don't pass muster.  It's just as important to learn about what to do as it is what not to do.